Good Samaritan’s Statement of Connection with the LGBTQI Community
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church believes that we are all children of God and that God loves us all equally. We welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations. We pledge our love and acceptance to all people, especially those who have felt abandoned by the institutional church. We proclaim ourselves to be a church of reconciliation to all people.
Good Samaritan Joined the Reconciling Movement in June of 1995
- As a reconciling congregation, we proudly display a rainbow flag in our sanctuary; a gift from one of our members after the congregation voted to become reconciling.
- We practice what we preach, including ourLGBTQI members in all part of the life of our church. For FAQs, please see our brochure “LGBTQI at Good Samaritan”.
- In January of 2007, we presented the play, The Laramie Project.
- In February of 2008, we showed the movie, For the Bible Tells Me So, and raised enough money to send the dvd of the movie to every delegate attending our denomination’s General Conference in May of 2008 (our General Conference meets every 4 years and sets the rules and teachings of the denomination), asking them to watch the dvd and then vote in ways that allow for the full inclusion of LGBTQI persons in the life of the denomination.
- We meet regularly with representatives from other United Methodist reconciling congregations in our area to coordinate activities (like a joint float in the Pride Parade), learn from one another, act as support to congregations that are considering becoming reconciling, and periodically hold training events.
- We offer periodic Bible Studies that specifically address the issues of LGBTQI in scripture.
- We also periodically offer opportunities open to everyone to attend plays, watch movies, go to concerts, attend lectures, etc. with a LGBTQI theme.